Unicycle Loves You

Chicago, IL

If Robert Pollard had been obsessed with The Cure instead of The Who, Guided by Voices might have wound up sounding a lot like Unicycle Loves You. For all of the gushing press draped on Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and the like, the Chicago trio’s psychedelic, vaudeville Space Pop makes those bands all seem like junior high exercises in neighborhood basement jam experimentation by comparison. Sophisticated, simple, insanely catchy and infinitely fun, Unicycle Loves You twists modern Pop like balloon animals into amazing new shapes.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Robert Smith and Carl Newman trade places in The Cure and The New Pornographers and go out on a package tour together. (Brian Baker)